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The One Minutes: Melanie Bonajo, Communication with the Non-Human

This evening artist Melanie presents a new One Minutes series curated by her, Communication with the Non-Human, followed by a screening of the first episode from Kwaidan, her film of choice.

For the exhibition Close-Up - A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands, The One Minutes has invited artists Felix Burger, Janis Rafa, Helen Dowling and Melanie Bonajo to create a series of one-minute films.

Following a Q&A with the attendant makers of One Minutes, Melanie Bonajo will introduce her film of choice Kwaidan by showing the first episode from this horror anthology, The Black Hair (40 minutes). In The Black Hair a poor samurai abandons his true love to marry for money. After a disastrous marriage he returns to his first wife, only to find out that there’s something ghastly wrong with her.

Melanie Bonajo’s rich oeuvre can be regarded as a multidisciplinary travel guide to places off the beaten track, places seldom visited physically or mentally. In her video trilogy Night Soil she explores the altering relationship between modern man and his environment. In Fake Paradise (2014) Bonajo’s characters try to achieve an altered state of consciousness by indulging in hallucinogenic drugs and rituals. Her Economy of Love (2015), a work featured in the exhibition Close-Up in EYE, focuses exclusively on the body, revealing an alternately desperate, confident and hectic quest for intimacy and hedonism.

Communication with the non-human

You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Or… wait am I talkin' to you? I think I do, but I don’t.

Steal your loved ones' passwords and tell them their secrets. Communication is a complex thing. The extension of social media left human communication systems with average solutions to the “the love problem”. A great deal of what is said goes unheard, and probably for the better. But in spite of the circumstances, humans keep rambling on unstoppably, thinking they are successful at conveying and sharing their ideas and feelings. Let's expand our compassion footprint and shift priorities outside of our human-scaled center.

What does a plant know? What goes on inside the mind of “funny bot”? Do PMS dolphins turn into cranky bitches? All around us, complex systems of giving and receiving are performed by rather ancient and marginalized machines like corals, grass, seahorses and even rather primitive creatures, such as dogs and families. Through practical observation, the multifarious communication between humans and non-humans can be viewed as responsive behavior, defined by one designating the future behavior of all. Let's think over this arrangement for a while. Otherwise we might, in the near future, end up belonging to that "misunderstood" class, at odds with its environment.

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"Black Hair": A poor samurai who divorces his true love to marry for money, but finds the marriage disastrous and returns to his old wife, only to discover something eerie about her.

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